Suffolk police have expressed how disappointed they are, after a crackdown on drink and drug driving this summer, has shown no improvement on last years figures. The 30 day long enforcement campaign, which began on 1st June, actually saw an increase of 0.2% in the number of tests which were positive, this is compared to the figures for the same period in 2009. Police Officers throughout Suffolk conducted 711 breath tests, with 61 of those being positive it equates to 8.6%. The results are up on the 77 positive tests from 919 tests 12 months ago which equates to 8.4%. Anyone who fails a breath test will find they will have to pay extra for their next motor insurance quote.
Chief Insp Adrian Dawson said: “It may only be a small increase in relation to last year but it is an increase nonetheless and it is always disappointing to see. Nearly nine percent of people we have stopped have failed to act with consideration or acknowledge the greatly increased risks they face by drink driving. Those offending need to realise that they not just putting themselves at risk but other innocent road users as well. This is a very serious issue and can have severe consequences.”
Out of the 711 breath tests carried out during June, 199 of them were on drivers aged 25 or under, 24 of those were positive (12%). 512 drivers aged over 25 were tested and 37 of these tested positive (7.2%). The police did 266 of the tests as routine breath tests conducted on drivers that had been involved in road traffic accidents. A total of 17 of these were over the limit (6.4%) The police think maybe the weather and the football world cup may have been factors in the increase.
Chief Insp Dawson added: “Anybody convicted of drink driving will have a criminal record and could receive a prison sentence of up to 10 years, they could be banned from driving, fined heavily and even lose their jobs. Not to mention the possible loss of life. We want everyone to know that Suffolk Police will not tolerate drink or drug driving and we will continue to carry out checks throughout the year.”
Police in Suffolk have told the public that if they suspect someone of drink driving they should report them to the police immediately.